The East Antrim count went very much to form as the DUP’s Sammy Wilson retained his seat in the House of Commons with a comfortable majority of almost 6,000 votes.
While the DUP’s vote was down from the last Westminster election, Mr Wilson was delighted with his poll-topping performance.
“I am happy that it’s all over and very thankful to the people of East Antrim for once again putting their faith in me,” he said.
Commenting on the number of votes that went to UKIP candidate Noel Jordan, Mr Wilson claimed that the DUP had been “disadvantaged” by not being included in national TV debates.
Making a dig about Mr Wilson’s double-jobbing as an MP and an MLA, UUP candidate Roy Beggs Jnr said he hoped that Mr Wilson would “give all of the people of East Antrim the full-time representation they deserve.”
Speaking to the Times, the DUP man stressed that his two roles are “complementary to each other” and said he will keep on his MLA role until the end of the current session and then take a decision on his Stormont future at that stage.
Eligible electorate: 62,811
Total votes polled: 33,688
Percentage turnout: 53.63
Roy Beggs, UUP 6,308
Stewart Dickson, Alliance 5,021
Noel Jordan, UKIP 3,660
Margaret McKillop, SDLP 1,639
Oliver McMullan, Sinn Fein 2,314
Alex Wilson, Conservatives 549
Ruth Wilson, TUV 1,903
Sammy Wilson, DUP 12,103